Presenter Q&A with Nicole Ozer: fewer sector siloes, more collaboration

Nicole A. Ozer is co-presenting the workshop, “A Digital Policy Roadmap for Civil Society.” She is Technology & Civil Liberties Director at the ACLU of California, but has been on sabbatical this year working with Stanford University on a research project investigating the challenges and opportunities for civil society to thrive in the digital age.…

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Supporting movements, protecting communities in the digital age

Nicole A. Ozer, technology and civil liberties director at the ACLU of California, has spent her sabbatical working with Stanford University on a study of “digital civil society” and how funders and institutions can better support civil society organizations in addressing their core missions in the digital age. So what better place than an Upswell…

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Presenter Q&A with Caroline Altman Smith: leadership should reflect who it serves

Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director of the Kresge Foundation’s education program, is co-presenting a Thursday workshop at Upswell Chicago alongside AchieveMission’s Mikaela Seligman and ProInspire’s Monisha Kapila—two providers from Kresge’s 2018 FUEL (Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership) program cohort. We caught up with Caroline to learn more about what motivates her. Q: If you were independently…

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Identifying service providers to address your capacity-building needs

While many nonprofits work to create more equitable outcomes in communities, limited resource capacity can strain their ability to tackle the complex, systemic issues associated with this work. The Kresge Foundation is addressing this gap in support through a capacity-building program that supports its grantees’ talent and leadership development needs through a racial equity lens.…

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DeColores: community-minded from the tortillas to the tequila and mezcal

At the DeColores Community Dinner at Upswell Chicago, you can expect “a wonderful dining experience with wonderfully home-cooked recipes,” says owner and chef Sergio Reyes. The Mexican eatery and bar is located on Chicago’s Lower West Side in Pilsen – home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and an art district that reflects the neighborhood’s…

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Using equitable research to help Chicago youth thrive

Research can drive decisions about investment in communities. And unintended research bias can lead to ineffective approaches and inequitable resources and opportunities that prevent all young people from fully thriving. Chicago Beyond’s guidebook, Why Am I Always Being Researched?, is intended to level the playing field; reckon with unintended research bias; and better position organizations,…

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